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Feb 7, 2011

Blogger backlash over collated foodie mag

An attempt to link the online and offline food worlds in Melbourne has resulted in bloggers fury and the publishers of GRAM magazine rethinking their entire business strategy.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

An attempt to link the online and offline food writing worlds in Melbourne has resulted in blogger fury and the publishers of GRAM magazine rethinking their entire business strategy.

GRAM is a new concept, an A3-sized magazine covering Melbourne’s bustling food culture whose entire content is extracts of already published food blogs, essentially creating a print version of a website.

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7 thoughts on “Blogger backlash over collated foodie mag

  1. Meski

    The extract sounds like what you’d get if you googled “Melbourne restaurant review blogs” – but of course, Google seek approval for everything that appears on their search pages… Don’t they?…

  2. chief

    “Charles immediately refused to be included in GRAM, noting that no other print magazine “has been so audacious as to take people’s content”.”

    Rubbish. Your daily footy news has plenty of online content taken without asking, and often without proper attribution.

  3. deccles

    Hang on you can insert meta tags in your html and end up never indexed in a Google search if you so desire.

    Secondly if you want people to read your blog an index of the internet might actually be handy. Google is at least adding value to the product (and also selling advertising).

    The minute I picked it up and discovered what it was I thought ‘what a effing nerve’. The future online is content creation – not content distribution. Printing the internet? Wow how smart does that sound when you say it out loud.

  4. Meski

    I wasn’t really knocking Google for their indexing. Bloggers aren’t seriously going to put do not index metatags on their pages, so they shouldn’t act offended when GRAM do an equivalent index without asking them.

  5. GlenTurner1

    My meta-tags allow googlebot, but not others. Authors looking for a way to claim there is no implied copyright license might consider that.

  6. Meski

    @Glen: yes, but why? (do you allow the googlebot indexers, but not say yahoo or bing?)

  7. Smithee

    Miserable rip-off merchants looking to make a buck out of other peoples work. Shame. It’s incredibly irritating how many people are always looking for the free ride – ways of cashing in without actually doing the required amount of work.

    I hope this disgusting concept goes down the drain with the speed it deserves.

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